BeerCritic


Stone Old Guardian BWSA

First Published on June 13th, 2008

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Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $6.49
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 11.26%
IBU: n/a

Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: uneventful opening, quiet carbonation, simple easy pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp (alcohol)
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: bread sweet nut caramel roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
mud mold clover rum rubber mango
Other Aroma:
grapes arugula pepper
Notes: An amazingly deep set of aromas – very interesting.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: dark
Clarity: slightest cloudiness, almost clear

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: The color has great depth and character, but there is little head to speak of.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet start with bitter finish
Impression: amazing
Malt Flavor: brown sugar rye walnut caramel dark chocolate liqueur roasted espresso
Hops Flavor:
dirt grasses star anise smoke grapefruit
Other:
mango, ashes
Notes: One of the best barley wines I’ve ever had, and no surprise from Stone.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: very long
Intensity: very strong
Balance: very bitter
Notes: A fantastic finish that leaves you looking forward to the next sip.

General Impression: 19 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Except for the slight critique of the missing head, which is forgivable considering the alcohol content, which is well hidden, this is a nearly perfect BWSA. Great job, Stone, as per the usual. This brew was purchased to celebrate the finish of my summer 1 Mediation class at Rider University in the Graduate Program for Organizational Leadership. The review of this fantastic ale is dedicated to the efforts of Jon Millen and the COM 390 class. Collaboration, not litigation.

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Rogue Anniversary (yellow snow/integrity IPA)
07/01/2008, 7:18 PM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Rogue | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 6.2%
RateBeer rating: 93
Calories: estimated at 170 C
Volume: 16 fl oz.
Glass: shaker, draft
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $5.00
Consumed at: lunch with chicken soup and a Broccoli cheddar quiche. Not a great pairing, but very good food.

First Impression: Aroma is faint but inviting. Visuals are hazy and golden with just a little head. Taste is good – hoppy and bitter. Palate is a medium finish with a nice bitterness. Second Impression great taste, presence, and depth.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20



Anchor Old Foghorn BWSA

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $6.00
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 9 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 190 C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: quiet opening, little carbonation, simple pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: grapes
Hops Aroma
: roses
Other Aroma
: alcohol

Notes: An inviting and forewarning aroma. Enticing and siren like.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: brown

Clarity: hazy

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: medium

Notes: ruby body and wispy white head – quite beautiful.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: very nice

Malt Flavor: grain sweet toffee licorice
Hops Flavor: dust cinnamon lemon sugar
Other: alcohol

Notes: A wonderful flavor, full of wine live depth and flavors. Very sweet, but not cloying.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: slick warming

Body: full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity: strong

Balance: sweet

Notes: A surprisingly deep mix of hoppy bitterness and sugary sweetness. Well done.

General Impression: 18 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: A great beer, but hard to find and a bit expensive at $6 a bottle. I hope it comes to Jersey soon.



Smuttynose Imperial Stout

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor, Princeton, NJ
Price: $5.49
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 10.1%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: quiet opening, quiet carbonation, uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: barley, Italian bread, white refined sugar, dark roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
citrus, burning
Other Aroma:
hamburger, steak, lamb
Notes: a very meaty finish.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: black
Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: While the head is missing, the presence is amazing. Deep, dark, permeating.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Impression:  nice
Malt Flavor: nut caramel  coffee
Hops Flavor:
earth floral  resin citrus
Other:
fruit
Notes: An amazingly deep flavor with fruit, hops, and depth.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: A beautful finish to a great beginning.

General Impression: 19 out of 20
Craftmanship:  excellent
Freshness:   fresh
Personal Taste:  loved
Notes: A great mouthfeel and finish.



Founders Pale Ale

ABV: 6.2%
RateBeer rating: 80
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: Lager, Shaker
Purchased at: Canal’s, Burlington NJ (thanks, Mike)
Price: $1.89
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not a bad standard American Pils – good hops, depth, color, aroma, and sweetness. Aroma is hay and grass. Visuals are a golden, well carbonated, white headed beast. Taste is above average American Pils. Palate is a bit bitter and very sweet with a medium bitter finish. Second Impression: It’s what Budweiser could be if it cared.

Aroma: 6 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 13 out of 20



Brewery Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek Blended Lambic

Glass: flute
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $15.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 6%
IBU:n/a
Estimated Calories: 310C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: interesting cork opening, high carbonation, simple pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: very sharp (incredibly sour)
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: roast
Hops Aroma:
marigolds peppers orange
Other Aroma:
cherry
Notes: what an amazing aroma. overpowering with sour cherry content and context.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: brown
Clarity: deeply cloudy,

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: An absolutely stunning color, depth and presence. No head at all.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: roast
Hops Flavor:
grapefruit
Other:
cherry
Notes: What an amazing, surprising and wholly sour flavor. Knocks you down with intent and determination. A beautiful flavor with dark intent. This beer wants to take a bough of arrows and send each of them deep into your heart, and you still love it so! It is a fruit based flavor that wants to convince you of IPAs. it’s phenomenal.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying
Body: full
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: what an amazing palate and finish – great depth to the bitterness and sourness of the palate.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: quite fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: It is dominated by sourness and acidity, but it is interesting to no end as a result. It is not sweet or cloying, but you are overwhelmed by the things we associate with sweetness — cherries, grapes, and melons (rinds). So nice.



Stone Ruination IPA
05/23/2008, 4:35 AM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Stone | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 7.7%
IBU: 100+
Volume: 1 PT 6 FL OZ
Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ

Price: $4.99
Consumed on: 02/11/2008 at 11:40 pm and many other occasions

first impression: A very nice lighter colored amber ale. Differs in depth at edge. Head is nice and thick and aroma is spicy and permeating. Flowers are everywhere. Nice lace. No question of its power upon first sip – rich and full of bitterness. Disposition of an angry old man, but balanced with flavor, depth, and character in loads. One of my favorite beers.

Aroma/Olfactory:
A nutty, roasted flavor of malt, just slightly charred.
Resinous hops, sticky and flowery. The hops dominate here.
There is something hinting at sawdust or a woodworking scent. Its beautifully layered.
A medicinal tinge loops into licorice and raisin and leads to a smoky wooden taste.

Visuals/Appearance:
A light stained walnut appearance and flavor doesn’t travel far from it. Sculptural.
This is a quiet, clear and crisp ale. More about taste than visuals, but not bad to look at.
A very white head, flattens in time, and clings nicely in lace.

Taste/Flavor:
A slight sweetness and overwhelmingly bitter, with 100+ IBUs.
Tasty sour aftertaste hangs on back of the tongue with a little bit of salt. This would go great with a curry. Malt keeps up with the hops, surprisingly.

Palate/Tactile:
A light body, despite the wallop. This ale is slick with alcohol.
Soft and quiet carbonation finishes with a bitter impact that is worth savoring.

second impression: Overall, this brew is fantastic – if you like bitter, you should not miss Ruination. Be forewarned, all others will pale in character afterwards. This should be the last brew in a session.